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the david petraeus scandal and the fbi's investigation. we're covering all the angles of his first news conference since the election. and israel retaliates for rocket attacks with deadly strikes and extremist targets. now hamas is warning that the gates of hell have been opened. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> eight days after his re-election, president obama faced reporters in the midst of an unfolding scandal and with a potential economic crisis holding over his head. but he only got riled up when he responded to republican criticism of his united nations ambassador susan rice. more on that coming up. standby. but first, the president's careful responses about the investigation of this former cia chief david petraeus and on negotiations to avoid what's called the fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent jessica yellin was over at the east strip of the white house. you had a chance to speak to the president and ask him about that looming fiscal cliff. >> reporter: hi, wolf. that's right, i did. i asked the president why anyone should believe that he won't cave
. ♪ host: good morning, welcome to "washington journal." the fbi investigation that led to the resignation of general david petraeus has expanded to general john allen. the impact of all this on the intelligence community and national security will be part of several hearings on capitol hill later this week. lawmakers return to washington today amid a shake-up of the president obama national security team, facing the looming issue of the so-called fiscal cliff. that is where we want to begin today this morning. president obama will meet later on with labor leaders who are insisting that the president not compromise on cuts to medicare and social security. what is your take on this? avoiding this -- avoiding the fiscal cliff? host: remember, you can send us a clear message, post your comments on facebook, or send us an e-mail, journal@c-span.org. courtesy of the newseum, washington, front page of that newspaper and many of the newspapers this morning, including "the washington post," liberal groups prepare for an entitlement fight. this is what zachary goldfarb rights. -- writes. host: ther
follow the facts. we do not share outside the justice department, outside the fbi the facts of ongoing investigations. we made the determination as we were going through the matter that there was not a threat to national security. >> let's jump right in and bring in our friday morning political power panel. we have jackie kucinich political reporter for "usa today", democratic strategist blake zeb and msnbc contributor robert trainum. great to have you all here. we just heard from congressman king earlier today saying the general was asked right off the top whether the affair had an impact on his testimony. he said no. they moved on. but are all indications then that the affair is now a side note and lawmakers are truly focused on what took place in benghazi and the intelligence they have now? >> this very minute, yeah. i think that's the case. will that remain the focus? i don't know. because there's a lot of questions still out there about petraeus and his relationship with his biographer as well as joe kelly in tampa. and general allen. i mean, there are a lot of moving parts here.
of the intelligence community there, folks from the state department, the f.b.i. everybody there was asked do you know who made the changes? nobody knew. the only entity that reviewed the target points that was not there was the white house. >> watergate style hearings are not needed. but they are calling for such a committee. >> shannon: doug, thank you very much. all right, here with his reaction to the israel and libya situations, homeland security chair and intelligence committee member pete king. thank you. thank you very much. >> shannon: start with pennington libya. what we do know and -- benghazi libya. what we know and don't know. there is a great number of talking points that it seems from when they left the c.i.a. or left with general petraeus seen of them, to when they ultimately got to ambassador rice there was a change. >> i don't know what the democrats in the white house are trying to hide. it's not what they are saying. they both said the intelligence community in its entirety signed off on talking points. they went to the administration. come back and the key language was changed. wh
is at the epicenter of this scandal. new this is morning she is not likely to face charges. fbi agents raided her home, taking computers and other documents earlier this week. finally, we now know the identity of the fbi agent who first investigated the whole mess. by now you probably know him as the shirtless agent, the guy who sent a shirtless photo to jill kelly, the other woman involved in this mess. fbi agents name is frederick humphries, over those supposedly harassing e-mails now linked to paula broadwell. hope you got that. >>> controversy over benghazi, as you know, has reached a boiling point, though. yesterday at his first press conference, being row elected, president obama has strong words for anyone who blames u.s. -- united nations ambassador susan rice for the benghazi response. here is what the president said. >> as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> oka
was for september 11. >> reporter: for the decision not to notify congressional leaders the c.i.a. director faced f.b.i. investigation over affair with the biographer paula broadwell. the attorney general said it was his call. >> there was not a threat to the national security. had we made the determination that they had a threat to national security existed we would of course made that known to the president and also to the appropriate members on the hill. >> reporter: some democrats said the sessions were constructed an put to rest reports comments by broadwell in late october that the c.i.a. annex in benghazi was attacked to free detainees. >> it's also information. i have no information it occurred whatsoever. that there were people being held. >> reporter: tomorrow, the former c.i.a. director david petraeus will testify before closed classified session of the house and senate intelligence committee. separately fox news confirmed that the c.i.a. launched preliminary investigation in to the former director's conduct. chris? >> chris: catherine herridge on capitol hill. we hope to be talking live wit
and could have easily found out by september 14th, the fbi based on interviews, had determined there was no protest at the consulate before the attack, chris. >> katherine herridge on capitol hill. growing confrontation between israel and the palestinians has a new dimension tonight. egypt's new islamist government is promising to stand by the palestinians and is telling israel to end its air strikes on gaza. this as palestinians fire rockets at jerusalem and israel calls up 16,000 reservists, increasing the likelihood of a full scale ground war. correspondent david lee miller is near the israel-gaza border tonight. >> for the third day in a row, israelis ran from cover fired by palestinian militants in controlled gaza. more than 150 attacks were launched in the southern israel, that caused panic and destruction, but no fatalities. for the first time in the current conflict, air raid sirens were heard in jerusalem where two rockets apparently landed in empty fields outside of the city and the second day in a row, israel's largest city tel aviv was under attack, and a rocket in
that by september 14, f.b.i. agents had determined there was no protest at that consulate based on interviews with the diplomatic security agents. >> of course, we'll stay on this story as it continues to unfold. katherine, thank you very much. a warning tonight from the terrorist organization hamas. the message? no place in israel is safe. the militants say they're making that point clear by launching rockets at jerusalem in tel aviv. nobody reported hurt in those attacks and the rocket hamas fired at jerusalem actually landed outside the city. it's the first time a palestinian rocket has hit anywhere near jerusalem since 1970. in fact, targeting that city is something of a risk for militants because first of all, hundreds of thousands of palestinians live there. and the area where the rocket landed is just a short distance away from the mosque, the third holiest site in all of islam. meanwhile, israeli air strikes slammed into palestinian territory in gaza for the third straight day and the israeli military called up thousands of reservists, a potential precursor to a ground war. >> we are
there, including folks from the state department, the fbi -- everybody there was asked, do you know who made these changes? and nobody knew. the only entity that reviewed the talking points that was not there was the white house. >> reporter: democratic senator dianne feinstein said on "meet the press" anybody that brings weapons and mortars and rpgs is a terroranist my view, i mean, that's pretty clear. unquote. republicans maintain that miles per hour between the issuance of the cia talking points and susan rice's appearance on the sunday talk show, the wording of the talking points was changed to eliminate any reference to any specific terrorist group or terrorrive attack. bow friday, deputy national security advisers ben rose, told reporter, quoting now-- the only edit that was made by the white house and by the state department was to change the word consulate to the word diplomatic facility. bottom line, someone is being very, very loose with the facts there. hillary clinton has agreed to testify. former director petraeus may again testify in open session. what if you date has yet
serious situation. there's a lot of concern about the fact that the f.b.i. didn't come back for three weeks. the reason is when they had to go back they needed protection. they needed to make sure that their lives were not at risk again. and we had to rely in the beginning with a very unorganized government and security group who was working with us and that was the libyans themselves. >> can you explain rice's comments five days later? why that was still the line of spontaneous -- >> we talked some about susan rice. susan rice got a lot of the same information that we did. i'll make a comparison to colin powell. when colin powell went before the united nations, getting information from the administration on the facts. >> you said that within 24 hours -- [inaudible] this was five days later. >> i said they knew right away that there were terrorists involved in the operation. >> why wasn't that part -- >> wait, are you finished? what? give it to me. >> in other words, if he knew within 24 hours it was terrorist-related, how come five days later in the talking points for susan rice it s
is when to retired generals say is a war zone. the other extreme is you can look at fbi statistics to show hat if you look at borders,, which says the border is safer than it appears. you'll see that border areas have less mortars -- murders. i do not want to get into definitional debate. we can talk about what spillover is. >> you commented. you work yourself as a sponsor for additional resources. i am grateful for you doing that. you brought us the general report. -t. to say that it is improper to say that there is -- washington is in denial. to attack two of our nation's senior military professionals, like you did in the congressional hearing, and when they were merely giving their reflection of what is going on based on their decades of experience -- you are dead wrong. i want to follow up with that. here is why washington is in the nile -- -- denial -- the president of the united states comes to the state and make jokes about the safety and security of our country and joking about the border be safer than ever. we have the secretary of homeland security saying that we have had 140 dea
by the i.g. and the d.o.g. and the fbi and the cia and that might have something to do with it. it is a situation that has turned tampa, and again, we have seen it on "saturday night live" running the humorous skit, but at the heart of it is macdill air force base which is right now observing events in israel, they don't control the military affairs there, but over in egypt as well as the rest of the region, so they have a lot on their mind as well as u.s. special options command and as well as the area that brings in millions off dollars into the local community. so it is a mandate to engage with the community and that is what parts of this "friends with macdill" was. >> well, talk about the probe and how that it is run to investigate and reveal, i guess, how many people around the community have access to the nation's military leaders. >> no, they know. there's about 800 people on the "friends of macdill" program and created by the previous base commanders to get community leaders on to the base in daylight hours and nonsecure areas to engage with the community. what they are
the continued airstrike. and new developments in the search for possible new york city serial killer. the fbi and n.y.p.d. now looking for four potential witnesses after they respond on surveillance cameras around the area. the three victims were all middle eastern shopkeepers. those are your headlines. back to lori and melissa. melissa: president obama may not want anything to do with simpson-bowles, but some members of congress do. charlie gasparino on the behind the scenes effort played by the debt reduction partner covert the dreaded fiscal cliff. >> we should point out that they're meeting with legislative groups to craft a potential deal. going to numbers of congress to say here is what we think you should do, here is how it should work. here's the problem, this deal, whatever is being done here is basically being held by fairly y tightly by the leadership. republicans, nancy pelosi and reid on the democrat side. very little involvement with anybody else. that is the one thing that bowles and simpson have. obviously they know people in the leadership, so it is unclear exactly how much i
the shirtless fbi agent? he'll be there. >> they're calling this the first national security scandal that involves the cia, fbi, omg, and wtf. >> all right. "early start" continues right now. >>> no let up despite talk of a cease fire. bombs rain down on gaza. rockets crash into israel. now global fears of a full-scale ground war. >>> david petraeus in the hot seat. the ex-cia chief heads to capitol hill this morning with members of congress demanding answers. >>> and steering clear of the fiscal cliff. president obama's drawn his line. will republicans now draw theirs? both sides faceface-to-face thi morning at the white house. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start" i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. let's get started. a summit on the nation's looming fiscal cliff begins in just a few hours from now. president obama, and four top congressional leaders will meet at the white house for talks. that raises the curtain on a six-week push to beat a january 1st deadline. if no deal is reached by then, $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts simply start taking
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